Not Just Robots: Volkswagen is Integrating Augmented Reality in Factories
Manufacturing a car is a complex process, from the initial design and sourcing of materials, to the assembly and quality assurance processes, transport and distribution.
Today, augmented reality is beginning to make this process a little bit easier – and safer – for some of the world’s largest brands as its popularity grows.
Volkswagen, the manufacturer of popular automobile models such as the iconic VW Beetle and VW Microbus, and newer models such as the VW Jetta and VW Passat, has begun using AR in their manufacturing process, beginning with a factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to prepare to meet the anticipated demand for electric vehicles by 2022.
The company has existing virtual reality technology in place on computers and simulators, but this is one of their first times AR to create experiences using the physical location of their factory.
In house, Volkswagen has developed a program that works with a set of AR goggles that can be worn by human workers in the factory that are programmed to view certain equipment, parts and machinery that already are in place within the factory, or as simulations produced by AR technology that can allow for troubleshooting for potential issues before it even physically exists.
“[Augmented reality] helps us to make decisions quicker, and spot potential issues sooner,” noted Steffan Nunn, Digital Factory Specialist at Volkswagen Chattanooga in a press release from the company.
Learn more about the use of AR by Volkswagen and other automobile manufacturers in the original article by Tony Markovich from Autoblog at this link.
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